The name Mungungo is believed to mean "darkness" or "night" in an unidentified indigenous language. Until 1929, the town was known as Waratah.
The Gladstone to Monto railway line reached Mungungo in 1930.
Mungungo is well known throughout the surrounding land for its pub which is one of the few available eateries in the area.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mungungo (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
- "Mungungo - town in North Burnett Region (entry 23491)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
- "Mungungo - locality in North Burnett Region (entry 45400)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 November 2019.